Welcome to “Behind the Scenes.” This monthly, online column provides members with a backstage pass to see what CAMFT is doing to serve our members and how we are working to ensure that the interests of LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees are being served.

January, 2014

  •  Staff and Board members participated in the following advocacy meetings: California Mental Health Planning Council Healthcare Reform Committee Meeting, California Mental Health Planning Council general meeting, California Coalition for Mental Health Meeting (CCMH), MFT Leadership Collaborative (MFTLC), AAMFT/CAMFT Medicare Applied Policy research project discussion, BBS Board Meeting, Orange County Consortium, and Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). It is critical for CAMFT to have a place at the table with other mental health professionals and regulatory bodies. These meetings will always be a high priority.        
  • Staff Attorneys responded to 1892 calls from members with questions on legal, ethical, and licensure issues.  Access to this expert, legal guidance is one of the most beneficial and popular member benefits.
  • 17,600 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 15,000 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,561 different therapist profiles and 36,312 total page views. This marketing tool is available to all clinical, associate, and life members for the purpose of promoting services to the public.  Create your profile now.
  •  Staff submitted position letters to: Senator Corbett and Assembly Member Weber, urging them to support the Mental Health Parity Enforcement Budget Act; petitioned BBS to liberalize out of state supervision requirements to increase the pool of supervisors; petitioned BBS to clarify advertising guidelines of registration applicants;   petitioned Operating Engineers Public Employees Health and Welfare Trust Fund requesting the Fund to include LMFTs as eligible providers. CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators and regulatory bodies to reinforce how proposed legislation/regulation may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees.  Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members.      
  • CAMFT’s state lobbyist attended an event for Assembly Member Nancy Skinner.
  • Staff and Board members participated in meetings with and presentations to 7 chapters and 1 school:;Ventura County, Orange County, San Diego, Long Beach/South Bay, Yolo-Solano, East Bay, San Fernando Valley and Inland Empire chapters, and Fresno Pacific University.Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click her to connect with your local Chapter.
  • Staff Attorneys presented 2 Law and Ethics seminars at the following chapters/agencies/schools: Redwood Empire Chapter and Marin County Chapter. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
  • CAMFT Board members attended an Open House and spoke with: Congressman Sam Farr, State Assembly Member Mark Stone, and State Senator Bill Monning.
  • Both the CAMFT Nominating Committee and the Continuing Education Provider Approval Program Task Force met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please send a cover letter indicating the committee in which you are interested along with your resume to CAMFT at 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.

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